Attorney General Announces New Effort to Combat Robocalls

CURTIS HILL

Attorney General Curtis Hill on Wednesday announced that he is helping lead a bipartisan group of 40 state attorneys general developing fresh strategies to stop or reduce annoying, harmful and illegal robocalls. The coalition is reviewing innovative technologies that major telecom companies hope to employ in this fight. Indiana is one of 15 states on the working group’s executive committee.

“Hoosiers should be able to enjoy peace and privacy without the disturbance of unwanted calls interrupting their routines,” Attorney General Hill said. “Further, some of these calls are coming from scammers intent on stealing people’s identities or taking their money. We need stronger measures and better technologies aimed at stopping illegal robocalling.”

Since it was formed, the multistate group has had in-depth meetings with several major telecom companies. These productive meetings have led to greater information sharing about the technological capabilities currently in existence or in development to fight these calls.

Attorney General Hill and his colleagues are working to:

  • Develop a detailed understanding of what is technologically feasible to minimize unwanted robocalls and illegal telemarking
  • Engage the major telecom companies to encourage them to expedite the best possible solutions for consumers
  • Determine whether states should make further recommendations to the FCC
  • Educate consumers about current call-blocking options, and
  • Evaluate and coordinate future enforcement efforts against bad actors.

Anyone receiving unwanted robocalls or encountering suspected scams of any variety is encouraged to file a consumer complaint with the Office of the Attorney General at indianaconsumer.com or by calling 1-800-382-5516.

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